Today in History for 20th January 2024

Historical Events

1356 – Edward Balliol abdicates as King of Scots
1919 – International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Double Bay, Sydney: Gerald Patterson beats Algernon Kingscote 6-4, 6-4, 8-6 to retain title for Australasia over the Great Britain, 3-1; ends 4-1
1968 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
1990 – Black January – crackdown of Azerbaijani pro-independence demonstrations by Soviet army in Baku
2013 – AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: Baltimore Ravens beat New England Patriots, 28-13
2017 – Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America and Mike Pence as the 48th Vice President

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Famous Birthdays

1880 – Walter W. Bacon, American politician (d. 1962)
1907 – Paula Wessely, Austrian actress and producer (Masquerade), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 2000)
1952 – Patrick Smith, Australian sports journalist (The Age, The Australian, SEN; Walkley Award 1997, 2002, 04), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2023)
1955 – Hiromi Ōta, Japanese pop singer (Momen no handkerchief), born in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
1956 – Maria Larsson, Swedish politician, born in Långasjö, Sweden
1975 – Kati Agócs, American-Canadian composer (The Debrecen Passion), and educator (New England Conservatory), born in Windsor. Ontario

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Famous Deaths

1707 – Humphrey Hody, English theologian (b. 1659)
1936 – George V, King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India (1910-36), dies at 70 after being euthanized by his doctor
1979 – Gustav Winckler, Danish pop singer (“Skibet skal sejle i nat”- “The Ship Is Leaving Tonight”), dies in a car crash at 53
1994 – Aar van de Werfhorst [pseudonym for Pieter Gerhardus Jansen], Dutch writer, dies at 87
2007 – Anatol Rapoport, Ukrainian-American mathematician and biologist (game theory), dies at 95
2018 – John Coleman, American journalist, co-founder of The Weather Channel and broadcaster (1953-2014), dies at 83

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